Guys, I am new to this site. However, in reading many posts regarding ethanol gasoline from boaters in Louisiana, I see that there is a real need for Louisiana fishermen and boaters to learn where to find ethanol free gas.
I am a retired Chemist who worked in the refining and petrochemical industry in Louisiana for over 32 years. I became interested in ethanol gas issues when "E-10" first appeared in south Louisiana. I am an avid fisherman. I then started to hear the horror stories of engine problems and failures with ethanol gas usage. I have a 150 Hp Yamaha HPDI engine on a 19' bay boat. When I contacted my Yamaha dealer who services my engine, he assured me that 1995 and newer Yamaha engines are designed to operate on 10% ethanol gas; HOWEVER, he strongly suggested NOT TO USE IT if I could find ethanol free gasoline.
That's when I started to research ethanol gasoline issues. I began to compile a list of articles about ethanol gas issues and an ethanol free gas station list in Louisiana in partnership with Louisiana Sportsman (www.louisianasportsman.com
). I have since branched out to form my own web site called www.realgas.info
. The site I have still has a link on Louisiana Sportsman (under the Fishing Forum title on the home page and is found under the "Ethanol Info Page" - called "Pete" Landrys Realgas.info
) Or, just type in www.realgas.info
on your address bar. The current site if somewhat ameturish, but is in the stage of being totally re-designed by a professional web master. I currently have a list of over 600 ethanol free gas stations in Louisiana on the site, searchable by Parish and City. When I update the list soon, I'll have over 750 stations. I also have a dozen or more articles related to ethanol free gas. They are currently not in a searchable form (PDF file), so you have to scroll down the "Articles" page to view what you'd like to read.
I concentrated the initial ethanol free gas station list search on the south Louisiana coastal areas where we have more fishermen than other parts of the State. I obtained a list of all the gas stations in Louisiana (3,350) from the State Department of Agriculture. I contact the Gas Distributors and ask them to provide me with a list of stations they supply with ethanol free gas. I also direct call stations. Lastly, boaters and fishermen e-mail me when they find an ethanol free station that is currently not on the list so I can add it to the list.
A few things I learned during this search for ethanol free gas stations. While the EPA only requires refineries to sell 8.25% of their total gasoline sales in 2010 as RFS (renewal fuel - ethanol constitutes over 95% of RFS), three refiners have elected to sell ALL (nearly 100%) of their gas as ethanol gas........Exxon/Mobil, Shell and Chevron/Texaco.
So, don't bother to even look at these stations. Most Conoco stations are ethanol free. I probably have over 75 ethanol free Conoco stations on the list. Also, you are more likely to find ethanol free gas from convenience stores (except for Cracker Barrel and Circle K stores - they are all ethanol gas) and small groceries than major stations. Expect to pay between 5 - 20 cents/gallon more for ethanol FREE gas compared to ethanol gas. This is a big "rip off". Distributors give gas stations a 4.9 cents/gallon tax credit for selling ethanol gas. Therefore, the ethanol free gas should not cost more than 5 - 10 cents/gallon higher than ethanol gas.
Fishermen also asked me my thoughts on a fuel additive. I researched 6 additives. The one I settled on is Sta-Bil
(the blue Marine Formula
). I spoke with the Gold Eagle Company that makes it and with their chief chemist. They have lots of fuel stablilzer in their additive, and also have a corrosion inhibitor, which not other additive maker has that I am aware of. Ethanol/water is corrosive to aluminum fuel tanks and engine parts. Even if you don't use ethanol gas, I still recommend using the blue Sta-Bil. NEVER use a fuel additive that contains any form of alcohol in the additive........if you do, you're only making matters worse!
Hope to have my redesigned web site completed by mid January. You'll see the difference. In addition to articles, the ethanol free gas station list, there will also be a section called "Breaking News" and an "Ethanol Forum". Meanwhile, check out the current www.realgas.info
Tight lines! And Merry Christmas
to you and yours.